Tuesday, 20 July 2010
So, if you read my blog last week, you know I had a hard time actually buying these, but, I do love the bits and pieces I bought ... Up there you can see (l-r) Nail Polish in Perfection, Classic Lipstick in Soft, and the eye quad in Nude. What I didn't realise at the time is that Perfection and Nude are actually part of the summer collection, and as a result are limited edition.
The packaging on these is excellent, heavyweight, and a shade of gold that doesn't look cheap, even the etching of the names on the packaging looks great. They do get hellishly covered in fingerprints though, so may be a good idea to keep them in their velvet pouches.
The nail varnish flows like butter, I have an issue with the long, spindly brush aligned with a tiny cap (the gold part pops off to reveal the proper cap beneath), but this is because I am a well-known cackhanded muppet, and these things make applying varnish difficult for me. I think this is an almost perfect "mannequin hands" polish, too. The above pic shows two coats (with a base and top coat), and is on it's sixth day of wear. There was a minimal amount of chipping, and barely any tipwear. Seriously amazing quality.
Classic lipstick in Soft is a rather dark neutral rose shade, opaque in one stroke, it provides soft, glossy lip coverage:
It looks a little lighter on the skin than on the bullet, and it reminds me somewhat of Chanel's Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle - I'll make a potential dupe post soon! - on my lips it very nearly a "my lips but better" shade (I have quite pigmented lips naturally) but it's a good, wearable, fairly neutral shade for many skin colours, I think.
I fell in love with these shades, the top two a lightly shimmery brownish-purple, and pale coral, and two matte flesh shades, perfect for creating a no-makeup makeup look. Here's how they swatch:
The brown-purple (or purple-brown, if you prefer), is simply beautiful, I've used it for lining, but it's also perfect for a flattering smokey look. I used the whole quad recently to create a natural look (for meeting Edward Bess, who complimented me on it, but more about that anon), used the two matte shades for the base and crease shades, and then coloured the mobile lid in a little with the peach, and used the brown to line, seemed to work just fine! The shadows lasted really well - admittedly over a primer - too.
So, was it worth dealing with the sneery sales assistant? Yes, I think it was, but I'll be buying from the Selfridges counter next time ...
The Fine Print: I bought these after a hellishly bad day in East London. East London apparently does strange things to your credit cards.